1. Check the Entry Requirements for the Country You’re Travelling to, plus the Requirements for Re-entering the UK

It is important to be fully prepared for your upcoming holiday, which includes checking the entry requirements for the country you are travelling to and the requirements for re-entering the UK.

You may need to complete a pre-departure form and are likely to require a Covid-19 test before you leave for your holiday. We will provide a link to the Passenger Locator Forms for your relevant country of travel. It is important to be clear on the entry requirements, as if you don’t meet these requirements for the country you’re travelling to, you could be refused boarding, delayed or even fined.

We recommend signing up to the FCDO travel advice alerts, so you can stay up-to-date on all of the latest travel advice updates and travel requirements for the destinations you need to know about.

You’ll also need to complete a form and perform a test before you return home and once you have arrived back, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and know what you’ll need to do before your holiday starts by booking any tests in advance if they’re required.

Find out more about testing >>

Follow the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) guidance for worldwide travel >>

2. Holiday Insurance

Many companies are now offering cancellation Covid cover with their insurances for single or multi trip policies. However, most will only cover you if the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) say it’s safe to travel to your destination.

Your travel insurance can only cover you for specific scenarios for the coronavirus pandemic. Many policies protect you before you even set foot on the plane for the following scenarios:

Many policies cover you for emergency medical expenses, repatriation and cutting your trip short, so you can travel with peace of mind.

For some providers there are no upper age limits whenever you choose a single trip or annual policy.

You must ensure that you choose the best insurance to suit your needs.

3. Download the NHS App

You’ll be required to show a QR code at border control on the NHS App to share your Covid-19 vaccination status. You can download the NHS App here. You’ll also find government guidance on how to show evidence of your vaccination status here.

Simply step-by-step guide:

  1. Download the App
  2. Enter your NHS login details or sign-up as a new user
  3. Click on ‘Get Your NHS COVID Pass’
  4. Click on ‘Continue’
  5. Click on ‘Travel’
  6. Click on ‘Show details’

4. Pack Smart – Face Masks & Gloves

It is required by law that everyone over the age of six years old is to wear a face mask on flights unless you’re exempt due to a medical condition. You’ll need to take enough face masks with you to allow you to change them frequently during your stay. However, face mask regulations will differ depending on your destination. You can check this by visiting the FCDO website.

5. Allow Extra Time for Travel

Due to the additional measures in place to keep everyone safe, it is likely to take longer to clear airport security checks and to board your aircraft, so please allow for plenty of time before your scheduled departure time.

6. Contactless Payments 

Be prepared to use less cash when travelling to minimise contact where possible. Some outlets may only accept contactless payments, so ensure your credit cards are set up to be used abroad and that they are contactless where possible. It is still recommended to take some cash too just in case.

7. Prepared for Re-Entering the UK

As already mentioned, you will be required to complete a form and get tested before you travel back to the UK and also once you have returned.

Make sure you have your UK Passenger Locator Form and proof of your Covid-19 test results completed and ready to show to staff on arrival. Your test result can be provided in the form of a printed document or as an email or text message that you can display on your phone – so make sure your device is charged!

With every passenger needing to have their travel documents and test results checked by a UK Border Force agent, you are likely to experience delays as you re-enter the UK.

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